May 1, 2018
Press Release

LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) hosted his congressional district’s fourth-annual reception for the Congressional Art Competition at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Students from 20 high schools submitted 223 pieces of art for this year’s competition. Entries included 43 paintings, 89 photographs, 39 drawings, 25 mixed-media submissions, and 27 other media including digital, collage, etc. The winner, Christine Kim of Beverly Hills High School, submitted a photograph of Ky Manns shot on 35mm film entitled “Who’s Manns”. 

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who either reside or attend school in California’s 33rd Congressional District. The first-place winner’s art will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with winners from Congressional districts across the country. The winner will receive a trip to Washington D.C. in June to be recognized at an awards ceremony. The second and third place winners will have their art displayed for one year in the Congressman’s offices. First, second, and third place winners, as well as honorable mentions, received  scholarships.  

“I was delighted to see so many unique and skillful entries in this year’s competition,” Rep. Lieu said. “Every year, our entrants set the bar even higher and this year was no exception. I’m truly in awe of how talented our students are in the 33rd district. I get to walk by the Congressional Art Competition exhibit in the U.S. Capitol every day and I can’t wait to see Christine’s piece hanging there, proudly representing our district.” 

Below are the results of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition: 

  • 1st Place: Christine Kim, “Who’s Manns?” | Grade 12 , Beverly Hills High School
  • 2nd Place: Brandy Hwang, “The Last One” | Grade 12, West High School
  • 3rd Place: Gabriel Le Neveu, “Homes” | Grade 11, Redondo Union High School  

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Painting: Madison Brooks, “Subconscious” | Grade 12 , Redondo Union High School
  • Drawing: Esther Shin, “Stop Crying” | Grade 12, West High School
  • Photography: Joey Choe, “Now or Never” | Grade 11, Santa Monica High School
  • Mixed Media: Alanna Tran, “Seated Self” | Grade 12, West High School
  • Other: Sophia Lopez, “Sheltered Life” | Grade 11, Palos Verdes High School
  • Member’s Choice: Beaudry Medina, “In Our Hands” | Grade 11, Fairfax Senior High School  

Photos for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition can be found here.